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Week 5 DFS Risers & Fallers

Week 7 DFS Risers & Fallers

Week 5 DFS Riser & Fallers

Week 5 DFS Risers 

Laviska Shenault Jr. Vs. Titans

DK: $4,800

Laviska Shenault Jr. has seen at least seven targets in three of four games. He, as well as Marvin Jones Jr., should see an uptick in usage as D.J. Chark landed on injured reserve after fracturing his ankle last Thursday. 

While Shenault’s volume seems to have been a constant since Week 1, his average depth per and yards per reception were worrisome through two weeks. The red lights were flashing in the sinking ship that was Shenault’s fantasy season after Week 2 against Denver when he posted a -1.5 Y/R outing. Yikes. 

Just when you thought he was down, in a Hulk Hogan-like power-up, Shenault has posted back-to-back games with at least 12 Y/R on 10 catches. Phew. Everybody calm down, there is hope just yet. 

For Week 5 DFS Shenault’s price makes him a smash play considering the matchup. The Titans have given up 35 fantasy points per game while allowing eight touchdowns to wide receivers through four weeks. With Shenault’s perceived usage with Chark out and his increased depth of targets, Shenault is ready for a big game against the Titans for Week 5 DFS.

Kadarius Toney @ Cowboys

DK: $4,000

Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton missed Thursday’s practice, putting their Week 5 DFS status in question. For a second straight week, that would put Kadarius Toney in prime position for an increased snap count. 

Without the other two receivers active, the first-round wide receiver saw a 78 percent snap count. With his field presence came production as Toney saw nine targets and pulled in six receptions for 78 yards against a formidable New Orleans Saints defense. 

Toney has slowly been integrated into the offense through the first four weeks. It seems even with Slayton and Shepard back, the Giants want to get their rookie more involved. His ability to create plays with the ball in his hand is evident by his 74 yards after the catch with only 92 yards on the season. 

Slayton and Shepard have been ruled out officially, making Toney a lock for Week 5 DFS at his price. Toney is a player with play-making ability that is very Daniel Jones friendly, which should make the rookie wideout a focal point in the Giant’s game plan moving forward. The Cowboys are 29th against wide receivers on the season.

Leonard Fournette Vs. Dolphins

DK: $5,200

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary to a successful fantasy week for Leonard Fournette is the lack of usage for fellow running back Ronald Jones. For two straight weeks, Jones has seen less than 20 percent of offensive snaps, putting Fournette firmly in the RB1 slot for Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future. 

At his price point, Fournette seems like a smash against a Dolphins team that have given up 100-plus rushing yards in every game this season. Miami has allowed at least 27 points in each of their last three games, and now faces a Tom Brady-led offense that is averaging 30.5 points per game. The Dolphins have given up six touchdowns to running backs in the last three weeks. 

If Giovani Bernard plays, that will limit Fournette’s pass-catching/third-down opportunities, but that should not be a factor in this home contest against Jacoby Brissett and the Dolphins. I’m firing up Leonard Fournette with confidence for Week 5 DFS.

Week 5 DFS Fallers 

Odell Beckham Jr. @ Chargers

DK: $6,000

After a playable first week back from injury in Week 3, Beckham had a bad Week 4 with two receptions for 27 yards. Despite a 25 percent target share through his first two games, Beckham and Mayfield have failed to get on the same page. His catch percentage is below 50 percent through two games which is troubling since he has hovered around a 54 percent catch rate since joining the Browns in 2019.

Baker Mayfield has been nursing a torn labrum this season which has resulted in only two passing touchdowns. The Brown’s offense is made to run the ball, and they have done so quite effectively with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, two of the best running backs in the game. Since the Chargers are fifth in passing yards allowed and second in fantasy points given up to wide receivers, it makes sense for the Browns to try and beat the Chargers on the ground.

Given his price, there are far better options this week at wide receiver than Beckham. On DraftKings, you can pay up $500 and put A.J. Brown in your lineup, or save with someone like Marvin Jones Jr., Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, or Antonio Brown who all possess more upside than Beckham for Week 5 DFS.

Myles Gaskin @ Buccaneers

DK: $5,100

Myles Gaskin saw his no the field reps downgraded to just 23 percent of snaps in Week 4. The fear that has lingered with the former seventh-round pick is coming to fruition, as the Dolphins do not owe him anything, nor has he been made a focal point of the offense, besides the latter half of last season. 

Prior to last week, Gaskin was only seeing a 60 percent snap count at best, so he is splitting time with Malcolm Brown even if his playing time regresses back to the mean. It is impossible to play Gaskin for Week 5 DFS, given his two carries last week; but, it should further diminish confidence in Gaskin as he faces a Tampa Bay team that is allowing a league-low 47 rushing yards per game.

At this $5,000 range on DK, Leonard Fournetter, Damien Williams, Damien Harris, and others are much better plays for Week 5 DFS.